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The Frog Prince

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  1,088 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Holly Bishop is the proverbial, small-town good girl. She always follows the rules, thinks of others first, and she never, ever makes mistakes. Until she marries the man she thought was her Prince Charming, who confesses on their honeymoon that he's not sexually attracted to her. Now, 14 months after, Holly's marriage is in the toilet, along with her self-esteem. Determine ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published May 18th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2005)
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Much like Devo, Road House, and dipping a Hershey's bar into a jar of peanut butter and then eating it, this book is so's good.

Making sure Betty Frieden rolls over in her grave, this book is exactly what feminist have been bitching about for years. Not only is the main character whiny, co-dependent and as deep as a puddle, but she also goes on for 3/4 of the book droning on and on about how she's not worthy unless she has a man's love. Yeah, cause that's why.

Well, that is until she goes
Oct 26, 2015 Obsidian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF at 46 percent.

Wait can I say. My patience is at the low end right now. I have no idea how I even got to 46 percent and not one damn thing has gone on in this book besides the main character whining about her life and being single.

I am all for romance novels where the good girl after breaking up with the guy who is not the one, meets the one. Instead we have the main character of Holly still mourning the end of her marriage and being angry that her now ex Jean-Marc didn't love her. I stopped
May 10, 2010 Abby rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to think of this author. I despised Odd Mom Out and absolutely loved Mrs. Perfect, so I decided to give her one more shot. The good news is, this book was not as horrible as Odd Mom Out. And, what made me give this otherwise bland book 3 stars instead of 2, had an interesting ending.

One of the most annoying things about the chicklit genre is the necessity these writers have to give their protagonists a happy ending, which most include a new, or at least renewed, romance. It's l
Aug 20, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Not surprised at all that I couldn't put the book down. I very much relate to Holly. Most of my life I always put other people's needs before mine, had to make sure everyone was happy, and god forbid I disappointed anyone. It took a long time (still not 100% there) to realize that I need to take care of myself. Like many girls, I have always wanted the fairy tale happy ending. I love Disney princesses. Every now and then either a scene from Alladin or a picture of Ariel from Little Mermaid is my ...more
Dec 01, 2007 Lain rated it it was ok
Everyone loves the story of the poor little waif who's swept from obscurity and poverty into the lap of luxury. This book tells what happens after the rice from the wedding is swept away -- and Prince Charming turns back into a frog.

Porter's book starts out well as Holly tries to come to terms with her divorce from the Prince, reinventing herself as a single woman-about-town in San Francisco. But about two-thirds of the way through the book, Porter seems to lose interest, summing up months of t
Feb 19, 2016 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly Bishop had grown up on fairytales, and in the small Central California town where she lived, she definitely had learned to believe in happily-ever-after.

But when her gorgeous Cinderella-type wedding to handsome Frenchman Jean-Marc comes to a shocking end shortly afterwards, she is stunned. What happened? How did the fairytale betray her?

As she starts over in San Francisco as an event planner, and finds a cute single-girl apartment in a nice neighborhood, the answers elude her, even as she
Trisha W.
Sep 23, 2009 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, read2009
What a fun book, and do you not love the cover? The cover is as fun as the book was. This was another book I could not put down. The way the author portrays Holly makes you feel like you are her. The divorcee with nothing but yourself and your thighs that seem to be getting bigger by the day, the girl who has no friends and can not believe that her life is practically over after only being married a year. And we all can relate to the hot stuck up woman who wants to be your friend but in the end ...more
Kathy Chung
Nov 02, 2013 Kathy Chung rated it liked it
saw some negative reviews here in goodreads about this book. was not expecting much . Therefore not disappointed.

what I like about this book is Holly have a good heart. Despite knowing that she would get in trouble, she still help Tessa.

there are also some humorous moments when Holly goes on a date.

as many have mentioned before, this book can do with a little less whining. I buy the book because i want something light to read. i don't want too much whining or self pity. if i wanted those, i wou
Denise Stout
Apr 05, 2014 Denise Stout rated it it was amazing
Holly Bishop believed in the fairy tales. And, that old cliché about kissing a lot of frogs to find your prince. But life smacks her in the face with her husband telling her on the honeymoon he doesn't want to be married. She tried everything before giving up and filing for divorce. Getting on with her life isn't easy despite starting over in a new town. Finally with a lot of kicking, screaming, cajoling from work and friends, plus a lot of hard work and determination, she finds her life and her ...more
Margaret Dilloway
Aug 22, 2009 Margaret Dilloway rated it it was amazing
An entertaining and deep look at a young woman recovering from a divorce and the fairy tale life she thought she would have. Porter works in her fairy-tale motif without cramming it down our throats. The transformation of our heroine happens pretty quickly, and Porter manages to make the girl sympathetic even though she could have easily been whiny (a neat feat, one I have trouble with myself). All the characters are fully-fleshed, even the ones who appear briefly. My favorite is the date who ne ...more
Dec 27, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just adorable! I was hesitant to read it at first after a lot of reviewers torched Holly's character for being whiny (she is) and a doormat (most definitely) and typically a very weak female lead leaves me screaming with fury, but I could see the potential for growth in her so I tried not to focus too much on her character flaws and just enjoy the story. It was a mixed emotional bag--funny at times (some of her dates, oy!) and sad at others, especially looking at her mother's life ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Noelle rated it liked it
I read one of Jane Porter's modern chick lit novels (read: NOT her others with the bodices being ripped off on the book covers) each year we go down to Mexico. Note to Jane: you need to write a new one b/c this was the last one on that list! :) It's a perfect beach read - easy to pick up and put down, easy to follow after a margarita or two, and entertaining. The protagonist was SUCH a freakin' whiner in this book though . . . I understand the necessity of a small pity party on occasion, but Hol ...more
Kathy Hiester
Aug 09, 2011 Kathy Hiester rated it really liked it
I loved this book much more than I expected to. I'd never heard of the book but wanted a chick lit paperback that I could easily read on the beach so I picked it up for 1.99 at an Independent Bookstore. It took me a few chapters to get into it. At first, it seemed like it could be another book where everyone in the big city, especially at work, is nasty and uncaring but I actually teared up toward the end. I was so moved by Holly's difficulties in maintaining a comfortable relationship with her ...more
Charity Yoder
It's possible to be underwhelmed by a book, right? Okay. Because... this was whatever it is. I'm still trying to figure it out, but however it turned out I'm just kind of "meh." about it.

First of all, the MC was however she was. Nervous. Clingy. Needy. Unsure of herself. Her insecurity read somewhat like Rachel from The Girl on the Train without the alcoholism. (view spoiler) That type of behavior is annoying. I und
Jessica Widjaja
May 06, 2015 Jessica Widjaja rated it liked it
Shelves: on-the-fence
I'm on the fence with this one, while the 1st part of the book was so very very slow & painstaking to read, the middle was great. And then comes the ending.....
I hated Holly at the beginning, she thinks too much, talks to herself too much, about everything! Too many theories, too many opinions that are often irrelevant to the story that i wished i could fast forward the book since i'm the kind of reader that cannot skip even a single word. And yet she is so indecisive and such a pushover! I
Apr 04, 2014 Shari rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing out aloud through out the book. Holly a small town girl wanting to live a fairy tale life like most girls do. She is always putting others first. This is the journey of Holly after her fairy tale marriage fails and her self discovery in the next year living on her own in San Fransisco, meeting the many toads (men). This book had me rooting for Holly. Highly recommend for a fun chick lit read.
Kimberly V
Mar 22, 2014 Kimberly V rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and if you like intelligent, well-written women's fiction, so will you! I can't tell you how many times I laughed aloud while reading it. There is a booster seat scene in the book that is one of the funniest things I have ever read. I could go on and on but seriously, just do yourself a favor a read it. You won't be sorry.
Mar 27, 2011 Anita rated it liked it
This was a cute read. There were times I laughed out loud and times i wanted to smack Holly. But you can relate to some of what she's going through.
Jun 25, 2014 Gigi rated it it was amazing
One of my favorites…
I bought this book in print form back in 2005. It has been on my keeper shelf and I have pulled it out many times over the years to read again.
I grew up on fairy-tales just like Holly the heroine in The Frog Prince. Holly thought she had found her Prince Charming, married him and four days into the marriage PC tells her he doesn’t love her. Turns out her PC was a frog (did I mention he was also French). This book is about how a girl raised on fairy tales and never felt quite
Saadia Ahmed
Sep 15, 2015 Saadia Ahmed rated it liked it
I will admit I didn't love the book but I liked it. This is a story about rebuilding your life, starting over after a tragic incident in your life. Holly Bishop, the main protagonist, gets divorced at the age of 25 after being married for only a year. She then moves from Fresno to San Francisco to get a fresh start. At first, it is really hard. But she eventually turns her life around. How? Read the book to find out. This was an interesting and relatable plot. What I didn't like that some parts ...more
Jul 03, 2014 JoAnne rated it liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
Holly had a beautiful wedding and then on the honeymoon her husband tells her he never loved her. She is crushed. They stayed together for almost a year and then she left and moved to San Francisco, got a new job, apartment and filed for divorce. Her boss, Olivia, tells her she needs to get out and live life. Eventually she does and dates some "frogs". Holly does very well at her job but is sabotaged by Olivia when she has a special event. Will she get her work life and love life together again? ...more
Mar 25, 2014 June rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Wow. Yeah, still not quite sure what I think of the book. It had its good and it had its drag! Did not expect so much about the mother/daughter relationship. Had to laugh at the loser guy dates. Laughed when she FINALLY walked away from Paul. Would have liked to have seen a lot more of Alex! Kind of weird that he'd go so long without seeing or calling and then just out of the blue...yeah. Anyway, I guess it was interesting enough to get my attention to read it, but not enough to try anything els ...more
Juliana Miguel
Dec 27, 2011 Juliana Miguel rated it it was ok
First off, I have to say that I love to shelf hunt in the library, you never know what's behind a book title. I guess that's why I picked up this book; "The Frog Prince". The title just spoke to me and the first couple pages wasn't that bad either. Which brings me to say, that this book DID have some very promising points to it. It brought up questions and doubts that some/most women can relate to which was something I really enjoyed reading. We should be asking ourselves these same questions, d ...more
Jul 03, 2010 D.G. rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: brides more in love with the wedding than the groom
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
The Good: There were some funny situations but not over the top. Also, it took time for her to grow in her job and in her personal life. The change didn't happen overnight.

The Bad: She spends half of the book moping about why she never thought she would get divorced, her fairy tale wedding, gown, etc. She was more upset about getting divorced and what people would think than losing the husband. She kept talking and talking about how fairy tales are not real. Well, duh! Of course they're not. Als
Mar 29, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
This was a quick read. I really felt like at times it was a commercial. She talks an awful lot about Starbucks and Bliss Beauty Products. There were certainly things she could of left out and took that space to develop the characters a little more. I never really felt sorry for the character but didn't dislike her either. I felt indifferent towards her. I didn't really connect with this book or its characters.
Rosalyn Eves
Jun 20, 2010 Rosalyn Eves rated it liked it
This is actually probably more like a 3.5--I enjoyed it, but it's probably not something I'll revisit anytime soon. The story is about Holly Bishop, who at 25 is just coming to terms with the failure of her fairy-tale marriage to a handsome Frenchman and university professor. She moves to San Francisco and takes a job as an event planner, negotiating the unfriendly work environment (her direct boss, Olivia, is a bit intimidating, not to mention some of the others at work).

The story is basically
Barbara ★
Holly Bishop got on my nerves. 100 pages in and I still wanted to reach through the pages and bitch-slap her. She's obsessed with her ex-husband (a very brief marriage of 10 months) and has constant thoughts of "Why didn't I know Jean-Marc didn't want me?" or "Why couldn't I tell how he really felt about me?" wah-wah-wah. Ugh I wanted to scream "get over it and move on already." She's neurotic, whiny, co-dependent and absolutely zero self-esteem. Talk about a dishrag! And don't get me started on ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a classic story of a girl who has not met her Prince Charming yet. Who's kissed a lot of frogs and was "that Good Girl", who didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but her own. But once she hit her stride, she was going to be the woman she always hoped she would be. Good read and I enjoyed watching our Heroine Holly evolve...
Jun 14, 2014 Fran rated it liked it
Light reading, at times a little repetitive. The moral of the story is that Holly Bishop finds herself, who she really is, not the fairy tale character she thought her mother wanted her to be. So many woman think their identity is linked to the man of their destiny, Holly finds out that true happiness lies within, not through others.
I enjoyed this light read from Jane Porter about Holly, a twenty something woman jilted by a man she thought was her Prince charming. I really liked her story as she negotiates life after divorce. There were many laugh aloud moments and a few touching sad moments. I really liked Holly and I liked that she is vulnerable but not a wimp.
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